Month: October 2014
Drivers, respiratory therapists, warehouse personnel, and others who handle compressed gas cylinders should do so using the proper equipment to ensure safe movement of the cylinders. Compressed gas cylinders are pressure vessels that are capable of becoming propelled objects (think rockets!) if the contents are suddenly exhausted, either by mishap or accident. The rapid discharge of gas can happen if the cylinders are dropped and either the valve or other part of the cylinder becomes damaged or broken. If a cylinder is dropped and takes off, it can cause injury, property damage or worse. To prevent cylinders from being dropped, use carriers, bags, or carts when handling and moving cylinders, particularly multiple cylinders. Do not try to carry a large number of cylinders under your arms. One wrong move or trip can result in the cylinders being dropped and potentially damaged. CARRIERScan be constructed of several types of materials. The durability of the carrier is often reflected in
Filling your own oxygen cylinders can save you asignificant amount of money and headaches: Cylinders can befilled for less than one dollar, and youdont have to wait for suppliers or worry about missing cylinders. However, many people think filling is complicated and systems areexpensive. Heres some good news (for a change!)Filling is easy and a lot less expensive than you think. How Does It Work? When gas contained in a cylinder at high pressure is allowed to flow to another cylinder containing gas at a lower pressure, the pressures will equalize to a value somewhere between the two initial pressures. So, with a gas to gas system, the high pressure supply tanks have a higher pressure than the empty cylinders that are to be filled. A filler opens the first supply tank, allows the pressure in the two to equalize, then closes the first supply tank. The filler then opens the second cylinder, and allows it to equalize pressure. This continues down the bank of cylinders until the filling tank
Do you deliver to nursing homes, hospitals or hospices? Be a favorite delivery of your customer by keeping your noise down. Our Do Not Disturb carts and racks are covered with a proprietary coating that protects cylinders from damage and reduces noise. Applieds Rattle-Less Racks are dipped in a proprietary coating to create the perfect rack protecting your earsand your cylinders! Rattle-Less Racks have a durable coating that dampens the sound of the cylinder rattling in the rack during transport. The coating softens the hard metal edges of the rack, which can help reduce the wear and tear on your cylinders and labels from frequent movement in and out of the rack. Click here for more information on our Rattle-Less Racks.
Dont forget to visit us at Medtrade this Fall, booth number 1527. This year, we hope to see you at our booth since we will have live demos and our Liquid to Gas Transfill System. Space is still available to attand our popular seminars: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 rom 8am-9am One Hour Seminar: Improve Patient Service Reduce Costs by Refilling Your Own Oxygen Monday, October 20, 2014 (Day Before Medtrade) Full day seminar to fulfill training requirements for FDA, DOT and Accreditation for oxygen fillers and providers! Click here for details and to sign up! To view our latest issue of Home HealthCare Today, and see our show deals, click here. We hope to see you there, booth #1527!
The DOT has rules for how cylinders should be secured inside vehicles. It is important to follow these rules in order to avoid penalties, fines, and most importantly injuries. How Cylinders Should Be Secured Inside Vehicles Cylinders need to be secured in racks to prevent moving, shifting or ejecting during normal transportation. (49 CFR 177.840) For closed vehicles this means that the cylinders must be secured for minimal movement in the forward, backward or lateral direction (49 CFR 393.102) For open vehicles, they must also be secured for upward movement (49 CFR 393.102), secured by something that gives it 20% downward force(49 CFR 393.102)